Mere hours after the Burnaby RCMP issued an urgent warning about him, Angus David Mitchell was shot and killed in Maple Ridge on Wednesday.
At an RCMP press conference in Maple Ridge on Wednesday afternoon, Supt. Dave Walsh said the suspect was shot shortly before noon, but would not release more details about the shooting, which is now under investigation by Vancouver police.
Police had received a tip from the public that Mitchell's 1994 green Ford Aerostar van was parked near 216th Street and 128th Avenue in Ridge Meadows.
According to The Vancouver Sun, more than a dozen RCMP officers approached the green van on the isolated road and tried to talk Mitchell out of the van. He exited the van, but there was an exchange of gunfire with police.
No RCMP officers were injured. The 26-year-old man was wanted for attempted murder in a Tuesday night shooting where a 51-year-old Burnaby man was shot in front of his home located in the 4400 block of Gilpin Crescent. The man had been out shopping for groceries and was confronted by Mitchell.
The victim, a former landlord of Mitchell's, survived the shooting but is in hospital in serious condition.
According to Insp. Tim Shields of the Burnaby RCMP, Mitchell had been evicted from a Vancouver home six months ago.
Police also believe Mitchell is a person of interest in the May 27 double homicide that occurred inside the Royal Oak Sushi House restaurant in which the owner, Huong "Andy" Tran, and a woman died.
According to Sgt. Jennifer Pound of the RCMP's integrated homicide investigation team, there are similarities in the two incidents that have led police to make a possible link, but she could not go into further details.
Pound did say that, prior to the Gilpin shooting, Mitchell had not been identified as a person of interest in the sushi restaurant deaths on Sunday.
Mitchell was a former security guard, and according to Shields, he had a history of conflict with his former employer and co-workers.
Mitchell was believed to be in possession of a high-powered Mossberg Maverick rifle with a scope.
Shields said Mitchell was legally in possession of the rifle, as police believe he purchased it in British Columbia within the last six months.
The search for Mitchell on Wednesday centred around his van with B.C. licence 591 PTG.
Police believe he was living in the van, as they had no current address for him after his eviction from his Vancouver home six months ago.
Shields said Mitchell "has come up on police radar" in the past but was not known to police and was not previously charged with any crimes.
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